/Volkswagen Phideon Luxury Saloon Announced

Volkswagen Phideon Luxury Saloon Announced

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Volkswagen took to the Geneva Motor Show to announce the launch of a new high-end luxury saloon for the Chinese market. The reason for that is, probably, if Volkswagen Phideon proves successful over there, it could stand a chance of getting a Euro career as well.

Built upon the new Modular Longitudinal Matrix (MLB), Volkswagen Phideon is a five-metre saloon that slots above the Passat in VW’s range, offering customers an interesting alternative to cars like the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series. The design of the car is inspired by the C Coupe GTE concept car, and it’s named after the Fides, the Roman goddess of fidelity – something VW is apparently only just learning to practice!

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Engine-wise, Volkswagen Phideon launches with a 300 PS and 440 Nm 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged direct injection petrol engine in the range-topping 3.0 TSI 4MOTION with standard four-wheel-drive. There is also a 2.0 TSI four-cylinder model with front-wheel drive and a plug-in hybrid variant to be launched in the near future. The car’s also fully-loaded with features such as features such as a head-up display a camera-based night vision system, Area View with four cameras, ACC (adaptive cruise control), Front Assist (surroundings monitoring system), Park Assist, and…

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Despite all that one gets the feeling VW is putting a lot more emphasis on design rather the technicalities with the Phideon. They keep talking about the new “face” of the car with its elegant details. A shrink would probably link this to the dieselgate debacle and VW’s desire to put on a new image.

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